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Friday 18 October 2019

Bus put slack Celtic to the Sword

Swords failed to withstand a fierce second half onslaught from Dublin Bus as they let a 2-1 half time lead slip to fall to their fifth league defeat of the season.

Swords Celtic 2 Dublin Bus 3

Swords went into the game with revenge in mind having been beaten 2-0 away to the same opponents back in August. And they looked threatening early on as Barry Caulfield and Niall Tarmey gave the Dublin full backs plenty of problems in the opening fifteen minutes.

The early pressure from Swords eventually yielded the game's first goal as Graham Duff rose highest to head home a corner on twenty minutes to put the home side 1-0 up.

Swords continued to push for a second and were unlucky on the half hour mark as Robbie Farrell saw his goal-bound shot deflected wide for a corner. Ten minutes before the break Dublin Bus equalised with one of their first real chances of the game. Following a mistake down the left by a Swords Celtic defender the ball was swung in and tapped home at the far post by a Dublin Bus attacker.

That was cruel on Swords who had dominated the majority of the opening half but they bounced back almost immediately as Graham Duff ghosted in between a static Dublin defence to slot home an excellent Barry Caulfield cross. That turned out to be the last action of a decent first half showing from Swords who went in 2-1 at the break.

The second half saw a complete change in the pattern of the game as the visitors began to dominate and push Swords back deep in their own half. An equaliser seemed inevitable and it duly arrived as defender Andrew Timmins blocked a cross with his hand which resulted in a spot kick for Dublin Bus. That penalty was tucked away with little fuss making it 2-2 with half an hour left to play.

Dublin Bus continued to press and they looked the more likely of the two to grab a winner. With seven minutes to go the Swords defence was breached once more as a ball in from the right-hand side was tucked away by the jubilant Dublin Bus striker.

A tough pill to swallow for Swords who face a crucial game against St John Bosco next week. Manager Niall Hudson was upset with his team's performance stating that it was 'unacceptable to concede three goals at home'.

'We need to learn how to see out games and have to be more clever when we are winning games. That was unacceptable and I've told the players that. We need to see big improvements next week,' noted Niall.

Swords Celtic: Stephen Trimble, Eoin Jones, Gavin Logan, Graham Duff, Ciaran Maguire, Niall Tarmey (Evan Kelly), Graham Leahy (Sean Kelly), Andrew Timmins, Barry Caulfield, Robbie Farrell (Philly Nolan), Jordan Nolan.

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